Formula One returned to the Netherlands after a 36 year absence and the ‘Oranje Army’ were out in force to cheer on home hero Max Verstappen. Laura Leslie takes you through some of the most interesting stats to come from Zandvoort.
Verstappen delighted his huge home crowd by taking his 7th win of the season. Every driver who has ever scored 7 or more wins in a single season has eventually won a world title in their career, so the signs are looking great for Verstappen to take his 1st title later this year. Verstappen also now has as many wins for Red Bull as Fernando Alonso managed during his years at Renault – 17.
Zandvoort is the 13th different track Verstappen has won on in his F1 career. This matches the great Jim Clark, though Verstappen remains quite some way behind the record holder Lewis Hamilton – the 7-time champion having won on 29 different circuits during his career so far. It is the 14th different Grand Prix Verstappen has won, matching Niki Lauda, Mika Hakkinen, Damon Hill and Nelson Piquet.
Verstappen won the first triple header of the season and is now on the brink of doing the same for the second, a win in Monza the only barrier between him and the ‘double triple’. The Dutchman now has as many podiums for Red Bull as Hakkinen and David Coulthard did for McLaren - 51. He has now led 468 laps in 2021 or 60.77%. On course for the 6th highest percentage in a season in F1 history.
Zandvoort marked the 400th race in the points for Finnish drivers after Valtteri Bottas finished in 3rd place. It was also the 50th points finish for Monegasque drivers following Charles Leclerc’s run to a solid 5th place for Ferrari. Hamilton is now just half a point away from becoming the first driver to break the 4000 points barrier – the Brit is currently on 3999.5 career points.
Antonio Giovinazzi equalled his best ever qualifying result with 7th place. The Italian previously achieved the same result back in Austria in 2019. It wasn’t just Giovinazzi who starred in qualifying, Pierre Gasly also equalled his best ever qualifying with 4th. The Alpha Tauri driver previously did so twice with Toro Rosso/Alpha Tauri and once at Red Bull.
Lando Norris missed out on Q3 for the 1st time in 2021. Norris fought back to scored 1 point and make it 11 points finishes from 13 races. Sergio Perez was knocked out in Q1 after setting a competitive time for the 1st time since the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix. It was the 1st time a Red Bull driver missed Q2 since Alexander Albon had issues during Q1 for the 2019 Russian Grand Prix.
Meanwhile Robert Kubica made his 1st appearance in qualifying and a race since the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Pole replaced Kimi Raikkonen after Raikkonen tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday morning. Kubica managed to finished ahead of the driver who replaced him at Williams, Nicholas Latifi, by 2s. It was the 1st race Raikkonen had missed since the end of the 2013 season – 150 races ago.